Spitsbergen, Circumnavigating Spitsbergen ex Oslo Return

8 Night Cruise sailing from Longyearbyen roundtrip aboard Spitsbergen. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Longyearbyen.

Departure date: 17 August 2020
Embark port: Oslo, Norway
Cruise line: Hurtigruten
Ship: Spitsbergen

Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
17/08/20 Oslo, Norway Flight to Longyearbyen
17/08/20 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Hotel
18/08/20 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Embark
19/08/20 Spitsbergen, Norway
20/08/20 Spitsbergen, Norway
21/08/20 Svalbard
22/08/20 Svalbard
23/08/20 Svalbard
24/08/20 Spitsbergen, Norway
25/08/20 Isfjord, Svalbard
26/08/20 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Disembark Overnight Flight to Oslo
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Cruise Description

8 Night Cruise sailing from Longyearbyen roundtrip aboard Spitsbergen. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Longyearbyen.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.

Day 1 Oslo / Longyearbyen - Flight & overnight
From 59º N to 78º N
Before your evening flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen, spend the day in the museums, parks and cafés of Norway’s capital city. When you arrive in Svalbard, you’ll discover an entirely different world - a small town perched on the edge of vast Arctic tundra. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 2 Longyearbyen - Embarkation
Norwegian Stronghold in the High Arctic
Join an exciting excursion after lunch to get to know this frontier town. The mighty Arctic wilderness dominates life here, but Longyearbyen maintains a lively cultural life and is considered a prime destination for adventure travelers worldwide. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this colorful outpost before boarding your ship, MS Spitsbergen.

Day 3-4 North West Spitsbergen National Park
Amazing Fjords with Fascinating History
Spitsbergen´s northwestern corner is strewn with rugged islands, beautiful fjords and isolated beaches. It is also the site of spectacularly scenic Northwest-Spitsbergen National Park.

This is true wilderness, so the captain works with the elements to create the best itinerary for your expedition cruise.

We hope to visit Kongsfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjord areas in Spitsbergen, where mighty glaciers calve icebergs into the sea, framed by stunning mountains. Another possibility is Ny-Ålesund, an international research center hosting a picturesque mix of old and new buildings.

Wherever we explore, the expedition team will lead exciting optional ice-cruising and landing activities as we explore further north.

Day 5-7 Eastern Svalbard
Eastern Svalbard boasts the highest population of polar bears on the archipelago – and we have high hopes of spotting one on this journey! The ocean is full of drifting ice, and we intend to cross 80º N if conditions allow. We hope to sail all the way to Sjuøyane (Seven Islands) at the far north of the archipelago.

Heading south, we will sail through the Hinlopen Strait, where thousands of seabirds mate while walrus dive for clams in the bays.

We continue towards Edgeøya, the third-largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. On its western shores, the landscape is largely unglaciated, unlike most other places on the eastside of Spitsbergen.

Day 8 South Spitsbergen National Park
National Park Beauty
We make our way to the southernmost tip of Spitsbergen, where Hornsund hosts a wonderfully varied landscape and geology. Ice pushed into the fjord early in the season attracts polar bears that hunt on the floes, so with a bit of luck, we may spot some of these magnificent predators.

Day 9 The Isfjord
The Wilds of Isfjord
We will spend the day exploring the Isfjord, the most prominent fjord system on Svalbard. The immense U-shaped valleys, carved out of the mountains by giant glaciers that covered the area some 10,000 years ago, are home to large populations of Svalbard reindeer.

Day 10 Longyearbyen / Oslo - Disembarkation & Flight
End of the Expedition
As we sail back into Longyearbyen, enjoy the magnificent surrounding scenery. A transfer vehicle will take you to the airport for your night flight. Arrival early in the morning in Oslo.

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